Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community



Wednesday 3 June at Broughton Castle near Banbury.  See the website

September (TBC) at Greys Court near Henley. See the National Trust website:

Futher information will be available nearer the time of the visits.


Do you know that there is exhibition space in the community café at 35 Ock Street? The fitting kit is provided and help will be given to put up pictures. If artists wish to share a display period or a display that’s fine. Periods can be arranged and dates will need to be agreed to fit in with people’s schedules.

Vouchers are provided to the Artist or group to distribute to friends that entitle the visitor to a complimentary tea, coffee, juice or can of pop. You are most welcome to go and see the exhibition space.

This could be a really nice opportunity to take your work to a wider audience. If you are interested please contact Rodney Pollock, or leave him a message at 35 Ock Street.


A regular painting group is held in term time on most Tuesdays of the year (except August)  from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm, in Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1PL.  

Advice is always available. It is open both to members and non-members. although obviously if you become a regular, we would prefer you to join us as a member. 

You can bring your own project to work on and can draw or paint anything you like. Occasionally a Still Life is  set up for artists who would like one.

It costs £3 per afternoon, to cover the hire of the hall, payable in cash on the day you attend. Another 30p will provide you with a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

You need to bring all your own materials  - and an easel if you prefer that to the tables provided.

The group has grown in popularity and around 20 people attend on a regular basis.  It is a very sociable way to paint with other artists, and it is much enjoyed by those who do attend.  Do come!


Members of Abingdon Artists who like to sketch meet in the Abingdon Market Place outside M&Co at 10.00 am every other Friday for a two hour session. Sketching is done somewhere in the town, the location being decided on the day. Non-members are welcome. There is no cost for attending.

If the weather is inclement, then an interesting refuge is sought (and always found!) close to the Market Place.

This has become very popular with those that have never gone “en plein air” with their artistic endeavours before!

It is useful to check with other members which Friday is the QOD morning.  Alternatively the dates are shown under the News tab of this website.


Two Abingdon Artist members, Claire Cross and Lisa Turner, are offering various short courses at St Ethelwold’s, 30 East St Helen’s Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB.  For more information give Claire a call on 01235-527180,  email or access their website

There is an untutored,  Appleford Life Drawing class in Appleford Village Hall every month on a Sunday

The Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group holds monthly meetings in Stanton Harcourt Village Hall. It also runs tutorial classes.


At the Sewell Centre Gallery at Radley College from 29 February until 19 March 2020 there is the exhibition 'Modern Artisan' by members of the Oxfordshire Craft Guild.

At the Ashmolean from 27 February until 7 June 2020 there is 'Young Rembrandt', where you can explore the early years of one of the greatest artists of all time. This major exhibition will chart a career on a truly meteoric path. Until 8 March 2020 the American artist Phillip Guston has the free exhibition 'Locating the Image'.

At the Christchurch Picture Gallery  until 6 April 2020 there is the exhibition 'Following Leonardo: Two Madonnas Examined'

Pembroke College JCR Art Collection hosts the exhibition 'The Women who made the Collection', which showcases work from the collection by women artists in order to celebrate 40 years of women in the College. The exhibition will continue in 2020.

Modern Art Oxford  has the exhibition by Johanna Unzueta: 'Tools for Life', finishing on 10 May 2020. Combining elements from Chilean craft techniques, natural tinting processes and repetitive mechanised movement, Unzueta’s work explores labour’s technological, historical and social impact on the human condition, and its relationship to nature.

The Arts Society Abingdon There are several lectures of interest to artists in the new programme. Do have a look at the list on their website and see if there is anything of interest to you.

The theme for this year’s Church-in-Abingdon Lent Lectures is 'The Spiritual Adventure of Henri Matisse. Vence’s Chapel of the Rosary'.  These will be given by Dr Charles Miller each Monday in March 2020 at 8.00 pm (refreshments from 7.40) in St Helen’s Church and all are welcome.

Ashmolean Podcasts The Ashmolean has now launched a series of podcasts in which Oxford University academics from very different fields discuss objects from the Museum.  In each episode of ‘Thinking with Things:  The Oxford Collection Podcasts’ a prominent academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relates to their research. 


Look at  Exhibitions on Screen for exhibitions in local cinemas.


Are you interested in Urban Sketching and if so do you know that there is a group that meets fortnightly in Oxford? Check them out on their Facebook Group - Urban Sketching Oxford  if you would like to know more. Or contact Abingdon Artist member Dougie Simpson.